Tuesday, April 17, 2018

American Idol Top 24 Group B Part 2

Tonight, I am going to watch a recording of the Monday evening broadcast and liveblog it as I go.


1. Caleb Lee Hutchinson- "Meant To Be"

I am struck by how similar his name is to former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. That would have been an interesting All Star Duet. Instead, Caleb was paired with Bebe Rexha of all people and they did what I assume was a Florida Georgia Line song.

This may not have been quite his kind of country music, and he had to do this without his guitar. I thought he started off a bit shaky, but improved a bit on the chorus when he sang along with Bebe. He fits the old school country niche well, but it cannot be said that he has shown any evidence of a big voice or wide range.

2. Ada Vox- "Defying Gravity"

Rachel Berry dueting on a Broadway showtune with a drag queen is like the most "Glee" thing ever . I am sure it happened on that former Fox show. How come Fox though never seemed to have the cast from Glee actually sing on results night?

Anyway, Lea Michelle and Ada tried to out-diva each other on this song and it was impressive, as far as those things go. Ada's voice is powerful. Why was she dressed as Ada instead of Adam during the rehearsal with Lea though? Was that necessary as to not confuse the audience? It was more noticeable because Ada seemed to be slacking when it came to the makeup and hair in that clip.

3. Maddie Poppe- "Bubbly"

The  most interesting part of this boring collaboration is that Colbie Callait finally made it to the Idol stage. Part of her bio was that she had auditioned years ago and did not even make it to Hollywood, but went on to become a big star, though I do not get the appeal of this song at all.

You can just tell that Maddie's nerves had her defeated. She has a nice tone to her voice, but was so tentative on this, it just left no impact. In order to try to salvage the moment, it felt like Colbie was holding back as well. I suppose the judges will treat it like it was great though.

4. Ron Bultongez- "Someone To You"

Who the hell is Banners? If it's any consolation to Ron, I do not think Banners sounded very good on his own song either. It seemed pretty clear that Ron would have preferred not to sing this song and would have rather played his guitar "Noelle." While I think he has an interesting voice, the vocals were really lacking on this between his enunciation issues, the fact that he probably forgot a lot of the words, and the way he was just jumping around on stage trying to infuse energy into the performance because he did not know what else to do. Much like Maddie, I think he will be better off setting his sights on smaller venues in the future.

5. Amelia Hammer Harris- "Me, Myself & I"

And Bebe Rexha on a duet... Bebe says she is another one who never made it past the American Idol auditions. I have to say, I thought Amelia handled this very well. The song seemed to fit her voice and I enjoyed her portion more than the celebrity whom I believe is the artist of this song. AHH's talent is apparent, although as I mentioned last night, she might be a bit too old and too tall to be a fan favorite in this. Also, since she wants to pay homage to the semi-famous father who was briefly in her lift, she should just go by Amelia Hammer. Was M.C. Hammer available to duet?

6. Shannon O'Hara- "Burning House"

Cam is another musician I have never heard of, but she sounded like a pretty good country singer and looks like Beth S. from the second season of "The Real World" 25 years ago, but anyways, this was about Shannon.

In some ways, this kind of duet might have cost Shannon some moments that she could have shined on, and she seemed tentative at first (like some others tonight), but as it went on, she gained in power and had some really strong vocal moments.

7. Alyssa Raghu- "Yellow"

So, apparently Banners' father was the producer of this Coldplay song. I have never liked this song and I really did not like this duet. Their voices did not blend together very well, even though she has so much talent at just 15 years old. Her solo last night was a lot better. There just was not much she could do to get into it, after sounding really good on the first line. The song just held her back and the discomfort of the situation got more apparent the longer the duet went. Even the judges seemed to have some concerned looks on their faces.

8. Marcio Donaldson- "What's Going On"

Toni Braxton bailed on him for this duet. She got sick or something and this lost opportunity for her career might be enormous. Marco was very scared about what would happen, because it's not like there are other singers just hanging around Hollywood looking to get on tv. Oh look, Allen Stone is back from "last week." It is like I can envision that he had just been hanging out in a tent in the lobby of the theater the whole time.

As for Marcio, he once again showed his old school bona fides, but unlike the technical perfection of last night, he might have riffed into a few misplays here. It was still pretty good though and the shot notice collaboration with Allen Stone worked well.

9. Jurnee- "Run To You"

I do not know this song, but it is definitely not the same one as the Whitney Houston number that Mara did for her solo.

This was extremely good and Jurnee, who showed potential on her solo, stepped it up for this.  She really did  manage to stand toe to toe with Lea Michelle, who was certainly not holding back herself. It would be hard for me to find anything technically wrong with how Jurnee sang it.

10. Garrett Jacobs- "Lucky"

I thought he had a rough time with his solo last night and the duet tonight was maybe only moderately better. These particular Colbie Callait songs have choruses that just do not allow a singer to show off much. Garrett sounded ok at parts in his solo but then seemed to struggle to blend his voice with Colbie. I would have no idea what kind of artist he is trying to be. I would have assumed he was going to be more country pop.

11. Mara Justine- "Fight Song"

This prime time tv performance, which was filmed a few weeks ago apparently, might take some pressure off Rachel Platten, who has been in the news today for totally bombing an attempt at singing the "Star Spangled Banner" yesterday at a womens' soccer match.

Hopefully, for Mara, this song will bring better luck than it did for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. Once again, she proved she is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the competition. It might not have been a perfect vocal (and a lot of people completely hate this song) but she delivered a very connected rendition with Rachel literally urging her on.

12. Effie Passero- "Diane"

Her original duet partner, Jessie J. might have caught whatever illness also sidelined Toni Braxton, so instead, Effie sang with Cam. I do not think this is the song she would have done with Jessie J.

While this particular country song, which I do not know, sounded a bit better suited for Cam, Effie still sang it really well. She clearly can sing all types of music and is very talented. People are just going to wish she dressed better.

Rankings:

12. Ron Bultongez
11. Garrett Jacobs
10. Maddie Poppe
 9. Alyssa Raghu
 8. Caleb Lee Hutchinson
 7. Marcio Donaldson
 6. Ada Vox
 5. Shannon O'Hara
 4. Amelia Hammer Harris
 3. Effie Passero
 2. Mara Justine
 1. Jurney

Cumulative with tie-breakers:

12. Garrett Jacobs
11. Maddie Poppe
10.  Ron Bultongez
 9.  Caleb Lee Hutchinson
 8.  Alyssa Raghu

 7.  Amelia Hammer Harris
 6.  Ada Vox
 5.  Marcio Donaldson
 4.  Jurnee
 3.  Shannon O'Hara
 2.  Effie Passero
 1.  Mara Justine

Considering who went through last week in regards to 4 guys, and 3 girls, my rankings would have things at 8-6 in favor of the girls, (even counting Ada as a dude), and I think they might want more of a 7-7 split and also want one more white guy. I think they will advance Caleb instead of Amelia.

Who should be eliminated: Garrett Jacobs, Maddie Poppe, Ron Bultongez, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Alyssa Raghu

Who I predict the "judges" will eliminate: Garrett Jacobs, Maddie Poppe, Ron Bultongez, Alyssa Raghu, Amelia Hammer Harris

and after the commercial break-

Who was eliminated:  Ron Bultongez, Alyssa Raghu, Amelia Hammer Harris, Shannon O'Hara, Effie Passero

Once again, I am let down by these judges or producers or whomever. It's like they are seeking out controversy. I predicted Caleb would make it over Amelia, but have no reasonable explanation for Garrett and Maddie, whom I thought were the two weakest in this group, making it over Shannon and Effie, whom I had ranked #3, and #2. I guess they just did not have the "image."

So, the Finals start next week. Some are very deserving, such as Mara, Cade, and Gabby, while others are really lucky to still be alive, such as Garrett, Maddie, and Catie. I believe America might have a way to remedy this though.

Finally, I think Trevor, Shannon, and Effie should join some sort of trio.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

American Idol Top 24 Group B Part 1

There is a lot on tv Sunday nights in the Spring. You can add American Idol to the list. Tonight, I was out watching the show live and am not going to attempt to recreate my thoughts now as I complete this blog. I am forgoing watching the show that followed Idol on ABC, but will have to try to catch the recording of the highly publicized James Comey interview later. I wonder if Hillary is watching..

Before I begin though, let me quickly offer my thoughts and prayers to the family of former First Lady Barbara Bush, during what has to be a difficult time.

After a bit of a slow start tonight, I have to say, the American Idol performances were really very good. The group was more solid than the 12 that went last week, especially the females. I note that last week, seven males and five females performed and this week, it was seven females and five males (and yes, that counts Ada Vox, since she probably uses the boy's bathroom.) I wonder why they did it that way. I think Idol definitely would like a female winner this season, but that's not anything new.

1. Amelia Hammer Harris- "Believer"

She is one of the older females in this competition and apparently one of the more seasoned performers. There was really nothing she did wrong with her take on an Imagine Dragons modern rock song tonight (of course this was filmed weeks ago and if I really wanted to spoil myself for tomorrow, I could look up who made the Top 14, but will not do so), but this was a bad sign for her that she was placed first, with so many teenage female singers yet to come. While technically, it will be the judges that decide her fate, after the All-Star Duets tomorrow, her competent performance felt like a distant memory by the end of the evening.

2. Garrett Jacobs- "Treat You Better"

During the "Final Judgment" I was surprised they picked Garrett over his fellow High School Louisianan White Guy With a Guitar, Lane. This was not a good performance for Garrett. It was probably the shakiest of all the Top 24. If he fails to make it through, which would be the obvious response, it will be a lost opportunity for him, as he probably would have had a lot of young female voters. I thought he was supposed to be a country singer, but instead he took on a Shawn Mendes pop tune and did not sound like it was up his alley.

3. Maddie Poppe- "Brand New Key"

She was presented as lacking in confidence in her pre performance tape and then she had a very odd song choice. This was a number one hit back in 1972 I believe, but few people know it, beyond from it's appearance in "Boogie Nights" twenty years ago. Mad-Pop seems like a talented Indie singer songwriter type, but this song did not really play to her talent. In order to do the chorus right, the female singer actually has to try to consciously sound annoying.

4. Ada Vox- "Feeling Good"

This was definitely one for the Monday Morning proverbial water cooler, but far less so than in Idol's earlier years. Was this the first legit drag queen Idol performance? Probably, because a few years back, Jda had a heavier beard than Seacrest did tonight.

Also, this song has been done to death on Idol in years past, and often has led to some eliminations. This would have more resemblance to the Adam Lambert version by this other Adam. I knew he/she would sing it very well and has some major pipes (no double entendre here) and Ada delivered, although I think there were a couple of bum notes. I have never ranked nor even watched Ru Paul's Drag Race, but if I did, I would imagine that Ada's outfit and lipstick would have been panned as "dreadful."

5. Caleb Lee Hutchinson- "Die A Happy Man"

The fact that he is a teenage country crooner, who apparently has been doing this for years, pegged him to me as an early frontrunner from his auditions. After all, that was all it took for Scotty McCreery to ride all the way to the title.

Tonight, Caleb was sort of joking around a bit with Bobby Bones (whomever the hell he actually is), about how Scotty had stolen his shtick from himself back in the day, and then Scotty appeared to meet Caleb (no relation I assume to former U.S, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison). From what I gather, this clip might have already gotten out there and Caleb had to apologize to Scotty's fans for seeming to disrespect him.

Ah, Idol fan wars. Anyway, Caleb's performance of this country song was competent but not exactly memorable, so much like Scotty's past numbers. The show is almost certain to put him through to the Top 14, but compared to what was still to come, this failed to leave much of an impact.

6. Effie Passero- "Barracuda"

A couple weeks back, they showed a small portion of her singing "Alone" during Hollywood Week and she sounded exactly like Ann Wilson. It was really, really good, so I guess it was not too much of a surprise she took on another Heart classic. This was a very strong performance, but it is harder to impress as much on a non-power ballad and it just felt like it was missing a bit of depth.

I will be disappointed though if she does not advance, as I really want to hear what else she can do. Her look is definitely unique for this season and will probably be somewhat polarizing to some in Middle America, but the longer she is on the show, people will get used to her tattoos, mohawk, and fashion sense.

7. Alyssa Raghu- "Stay"

This was a lot better than I expected from this teenage singer, who comes across as quite confident in herself despite her youth. There have been lots of covers done of this song, but she sort of brought her own thing to it. I almost wonder though if her vocal tone would have been even better on something else, and she has some really strong bottom notes, almost like Cher.

8. Marcio Donaldson- "Inseperable"

I do not totally understand the backstory of why Marcio was given custody of his drug addicted (I think that was what it was) sister's baby, and why the child did not go to the grandmother or something, but Idol has made much about Marcio's identity as a single father (though another dude has been around him at times as well) and his desire to give this child a better life.

This take on a very old-fashioned song was very good. It does not say anything about what kind of "current" artist he would be, but older Idol viewers, which I guess I am a part of now, had to appreciate the near flawless technical performance he rendered. He was very emotional at the end. At first I thought he might be putting it on, but then I thought it was real. The African-American male singers on this show this season are all atypical in some ways and thus might be more attractive to an overwhelmingly white voting demographic.

9. Mara Justine- "Run To You"

We saw in Hollywood that she had a huge voice, and might be a "dark horse" contestant, as she had not gotten a lot of airtime. It is brave to take on a Whitney Houston song, but I do not think this is one that has typically been done on reality shows before. It is hard to believe she is only 16 or whatever she is as her vocals were pretty stellar. In that way, she reminded me of Jessica Sanchez.  She also sounded a bit like a young, but more "current" Celine Dion, if that makes any sense. I have a feeling she will impress on upbeat songs as well and will return to a lot of hairography. I think a whole lot of people took notice tonight at a really great first live performance on tv.

10. Jurnee- "Flashlight"

She has definitely been given a lot of airtime. We all know that she is 18 and is married to a woman in the military. (Why do lesbians feel the need to get married so young? It's not like the Supreme Court is going to be repealing that thing anytime soon.)

Jurnee, of the single name, is most certainly not lacking in confidence. She definitely is a good singer, but this performance was just missing some of the passion or technical perfection that we had heard from some others already In some semi-final seasons, she might have been right near the top. I think it is likely they put her through though, as she is the only remaining black female.

11. Shannon O'Hara- "All I Ask"

She looks a lot less Irish than Mara Justine, but the name definitely might get her some votes, if she were running for Judge in Cook County.

 Another bold move for a teenage singer to take on Adele, but Shannon looks and sounds older than her years, and while not quite flawless, this vocal performance was still extremely good. She did not play the piano or guitar for it, so she is probably capable of a lot of "moments" if she gets to stick around.

12. Ron Bultongez- "Dancing On My Own"

The show tonight played down Ron's past as an immigrant from the Congo, who had endured a tough childhood, and instead focused on how he does not like to smile. Ron compared himself to Bill Belichek and Kanye West. That is definitely not going to get him any votes. Clearly though, he just does not want anyone to see the braces on his teeth.

Considering a lot of the other performances on tonight's show, this was a surprising pick for the "pimp slot." Ron can clearly sing, but this did not seem like it would have been his best performance. He came across as somewhat tentative and his enunciation was not really good.

Rankings:

12. Garrett Jacobs
11. Maddie Poppe
10. Amelia Hammer Harris
 9.  Ron Bultongez
 8. Caleb Lee Hutchinson
 7. Jurnee
 6. Alyssa Raghu
 5. Ada Vox
 4. Effie Passero
 3. Shannon O'Hara
 2. Marcio Donaldson
 1. Mara Justine


An interesting night. Going into it, I expected Ada to be the best singer in the group, but some managed to snatch her wig after all. Tomorrow night, more duets, and probably more surprises.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

American Idol Top 24 Group A Part 2

Now, I will watch a recording, stopping to liveblog the Monday night episode of American Idol featuring the contestants dueting with famous singers, only some of whom I have even heard of.

1. Catie Turner- "Good to Be Alive"

I suppose she meshed well with Andy Grammer and she is capable of singing in tune, but I just found this song really annoying and I could not wait for this performance to be over. It might be that kind of night. I miss the way Idol used to do Semifinals in its earlier years. This is all just too gimmicky.

2. Cade Phoener- "Never Tear Us Apart"

I have no idea who Bishop Briggs is, but Cade's mentoring session seemed to mostly be him telling her how to sing this song. They put a harder rock twist on this tune from INXS and I do not know if that really suited the song. Cade sang it well though and of course looks extremely authoritative in his guitar playing. Idol will obviously be portraying him as the "rocker" this season, but so far vocally he has been a few steps behind Caleb Johnson and probably James Durbin as well.

3. Layla Spring- "Stuck Like Glue"

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland used to be one of the judges on ABC's Duet competition show. She is a very talented singer but I have always found this song sort of odd. Layla did ok with it though and I think having Jennifer there to sing with helped her improve on her performance from last night. The facial expressions both when she is singing and when she is not are weird though.

4. Dominique- "Wake Me Up"

This is an example of if somebody had no idea whom either singer was, they would reach the conclusion that Aloe Blacc easily outsang Dominique. I think the Idol contestant had some nice moments towards the end, when maybe his nerves subsided a bit, but for the type of music he wants to do, his voice sounds sorta ordinary, like he will likely wind up doing weddings and corporate gigs.

5. Brandon Diaz- "Despacito"

To answer Luis Fonsi's questions to Brandon,  yes, I have heard this song, and yes, I am sick of it. However, I have to admit that Brandon handled it better than I expected, just like he did with his solo last night, although I really would have no idea if he messed up all the Spanish or not. He seems like a seasoned performer and considering how long this song was at #1 in the U.S., there obviously might be a market for him if he wanted to do Latin music.

6. Kay Kay- "Drive By"

At least they didn't make her sing "Hey Soul Sister" with the dude from Train. Still though, this was not a great song for K squared and she is getting the diva edit from the producers already, and not in a good way. Still, she managed to make it work for her as best she could, especially in light of some really shaky vocals during rehearsal. Pat Monahan seemed to be holding back a bit, but like Catie, it is a bit tough for these young girls to be heard over the original male artists of these songs.

7. Trevor McBane- "River"

I have heard this song somewhere before and it is one done by Bishop Briggs. For the first part of the song, she seemed like she was maybe trying to show off Trevor and he was a bit in the background. Then, when his portion came, he was able to bring his grit and intensity. He is just extremely good vocally. I hope he gets to stick around so we can see what else he can do on different kinds of songs.

8. Michelle Sussett- "I Can't Make You Love Me"

The other Hispanic contestant is paired with Luis Fonsi as well. This was an interesting song choice. I think Michelle outsang Luis. It was nice to see her do something other than a big dance production type song. Her voice is a bit breathy but it has an interesting, and somewhat unique tone. It is really hard to think whom the judges will wind up cutting tonight, because none of these performances are truly amazing, but they are acting like they all are.

9. Jonny Brenns- "Back Home"

I thought Jonny did well with his solo, but he struggled with his duet. There must be something about singing with Andy Grammer, because both of his matchups felt a bit overshadowed. That is interesting because I thought that Nick Fradiani more than held his own on this song when he sang with Grammer during the Finale on the night he won. Jonny just did not look comfortable on this number though and it is easy to forget he is only 18 and may not have a lot of experience singing in front of crowds. If they ever do a Broadway version of "The Karate Kid" though, he would be perfect as one of the Cobra Kai.

10. Dennis Lorenzo- "Unaware"

I had no idea what Allen Stone looked like. He is sort of like a young Chris Elliot. Anyways, this is the same song that Dennis did in his audition, and I think it might have had more of an impact the first time, rather than having to share the stage with someone who is also playing guitar and hitting the same very high falsetto notes. Dennis sang it very credibly, but the song just does not seem to go anywhere.

11. Michael J. Woodard- "Angel in Blue Jeans"

This was so much better for MJW than his solo last night. This duet, with Pat Monahan, really does not work as a duet, and I would have liked to have heard Michael sing it himself, but he sounded really good and there is something corny but endearing about his stage presence. I have no idea though how he would translate in the "real world" of popular music though.

12. Gabby Barrett- "Stay"

I got a laugh out of the fact that in a baby picture they showed of Gabby, her father was wearing a Sore-Loserman shirt from the 2000 Presidential recount. I guess that means there were blue collar Republican types long before 2016.

This was another impressive vocal for Gabby, although it is really hard to stand next to Jennifer Nettles and not be outsung on a song like this. Gabby did what she had to do though and easily earned a spot over Layla, if the two were somehow in direct competition in the judges' minds.


Ranking the duets only from worst to best vocal performances:

12. Jonny Brenns
11. Catie Turner
10. Dominique
9.  Layla Spring
8.  Kay Kay
7.  Brandon Diaz
6.  Dennis Lorenzo
5.  Michelle Sussett
4.  Cade Phoener
3.  Michael J. Woodard
2.  Gabby Barrett
1.  Trevor McBane

Next, to combine the two evenings, with some thought behind a couple tie-breakers, including one for the seventh and final spot-

12.  Dominique
11.   Layla Spring
10.   Catie Turner
 9.    Jonny Brenns
 8.    Michelle Sussett

 7.    Michael J. Woodard
 6.    Dennis Lorenzo
 5.    Kay Kay
 4.    Brandon Diaz
 3.    Gabby Barrett
 2.    Cade Phoener
 1.    Trevor McBane

In my view, the guys in this group are somewhat better than the girls, on average. However, I do not think the judges will advance five guys compared to just two girls. My prediction is that the only different decision they will make from what I would do is that they will pick Catie Turner and her acting skills over Brandon Diaz. Let's see what happens...

What the heck? Recall these judges.  Bring back "The Dog." Bring back JLo. Bring back Kara DioGuardi. Bring back Nikki Minaj. Bring in Merrick Garland at this point. I don't get it. You let me down Lionel. Your single "Truly" was the first non-Sesame Street record I ever bought when I was about 5.

Who should have been eliminated: Dominque, Layla Spring, Catie Turner, Jonny Brenns, Michelle Sussett

Who I predicted would be eliminated: Dominique, Layla Spring, Jonny Brenns, Michelle Sussett, Brandon Diaz

Who was eliminated: Dominique, Layla Spring, Kay Kay, Brandon Diaz, Trevor McBane

I expected Catie over Brandon and I could even shrug off Jonny over Kay Kay, or Michelle going through, because I thought that was a close call for her, but how in the would could they cut Trevor? I thought he was easily the best of the 12 over these two nights. Did they fear he could get the cougar vote and win, and be another unmarketable, and also non- telegenic Idol winner? He really deserved better, and unlike past Idol (pr Presidential) "outrages", I cannot blame this one on America.

Oh well, it's just a tv show. I am sure my disappointment will mean something to Trevor and his goats. (Curse of the Billy Goat? I thought the Cubs broke that...) Someone Tweet Trevor a link to this blog....

Monday, April 09, 2018

American Idol Top 24 Group A Part I

Here we are again. I always knew American Idol would be back on the airwaves, but I might not have thought it would be this soon.

I have blogged about the show since the 2007 season and might as well keep at it. After all, low ratings may ensure another "Farewell Season" right away. When the show signed off in May of 2016, it was on the Fox Network, Barack Obama was President, and the Chicago Cubs had not won the World Series since 1908.

Now, it on the ABC television network, the Cubs won that World Series in 2016, and we all know who the President is (for now.)

So, in many ways, (especially since I spent well over a year and a half watching past performances online), that American Idol has never left. How will I blog about it this year? Like some of the most recent seasons, I am going to have to wing it. Right now, it's about 9:30 on Monday night. Idol aired for two hours last night and I was unable to watch and then it aired for two hours tonight as well. I am going to watch the  Sunday night recording now and liveblog it, hoping to stay awake and alert, and then probably tomorrow, I will get to Monday's episode and do the same. Eliminations were made today, but I trust I can avoid hearing who they were, until I watch, and as well as giving my review of each performance, I will rank the Sunday solos and then rank the Monday duets, combine them and "predict" whom the three new judges will cut. (Seacrest, whom of course has bee there since Day 1 is returning. He is all that is left from the early days. He's basically the Stephen Miller of American Idol.) The same routine will happen next week. I believe that they are planning to get to a Top 14 next week, which would mean that five out of 12 singers will be cut each week.

Let's see if I remember how to do this...as was the case in the past era, these are going to be stream of consciousness thoughts without regard to any sort of editing or proofreading.

1. Dominique- "Ain't Nobody"

Just one name only for Dominique. Will very old viewers think of the "Flying Nun?" His attempt at a Chaka Khan song was energetic but the vocals seemed less than great. There were too many reaction shots of judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry. They seemed to be into it and after I pause to hear their comments, they probably will be very complimentary of most all singers tonight. This just felt sort of average to me though. I also noticed, as I did during Hollywood Week, that it sure looks like Colin Kaepernick has found work as the Idol band bassist. Then again, Dominique looks like James Harden.

2. Layla Spring- "A Broken Wing"

Next up, is the Kentucky teenager, without any visible sight (not yet at least) of her little sister in tow. This is a song that has been done many times on Idol before. It started off fairly strong, and Layla definitely has a big voice, but then it seemed like she was trying to show off too much and lost connection to the lyrics.

3. Catie Turner- "Call Me"

As the mentoring session with this Bobby Bones person whom I had never heard of is underway, a graphic promo for the exclusive James Comey interview. You never saw that on Fox. Lordy, there are going to be tapes.

Layla was really starting to annoy me with her antics and now we had another teenager in Catie, whom I am pretty sure has been acting out a character throughout. She belongs on Saturday Night Live for that sort of thing, but actually, she can really sing. This was a credible performance of a song that is pretty tough to sing. I think she will be very polarizing to the audience the longer she sticks around though. I also note that with "Roseanne" now having been rebooted on ABC (I will save my political thoughts regarding all that), it sure looked like Catie was wearing Roseanne's  1990s waitress uniform from Rodbells'.

4. Dennis Lorenzo- "Rude"

I am finding the vocals to get gradually better as we go on with the evening, but still nothing "wow" worthy. Dennis is a likeable guy with a baby and a wife on the way, with a sad story of having had his father murdered on the streets of Philly. There are a lot of African-American males in the Top 12 Guys, but Dennis may stick out a bit because despite where he grew up, his musical style does not really seem to be very urban. This was an interesting song choice, and the original version has a lot of ska influence. He sang it pretty well, if not overly original. Ok, he is already married. That's good. The judge's comments were a bit mixed for the first time tonight.

5. Michelle Sussett- "If I Were a Boy"

If she were a boy she might have a better chance of winning Idol, but anyways, the Venezuelan immigrant sang this Beyonce song in both English and Spanish and I think the Spanish part was a little better. There is something "current" about her, but early on it sounded like she missed a lot of notes, though it might have gotten a bit better towards the end. In some ways, she comes across more as a dancer who is trying to sing.

6. Michael J. Woodard- "Golden Slumbers"

Why is it that this song title reminds me of the upcoming Comey interview on ABC? Anyways, this was a bit weird, as is Michael himself. I am glad he was not wearing a bandana this week.His desire to do "Alternative R&B" and his voice sure are different. There is not anyone in this competition who sounds exactly like him, and in theory, that should work to his benefit, as I have found him impressive in the audition and Hollywood rounds. This performance seemed off to me though. There was too much vibrato in his voice. I have little doubt he will be well pimped by the judges though.

7. Trevor McBane- "Way Down We Go"

Vocally, this was in another league to anything else heard thus far this evening. There is something very powerful and very compelling about his voice, but it will be interesting to see if he can do other kinds of music and show off some versatility rather than just relying on intensity. I wonder how hard it will be for him to gain a large fanbase considering his long beard and penchant for wearing all black, which he confirmed is sort of a sign of the mourning he has had to do in life. Perhaps the Hasidic Jewish community will feel a stylistic kinship with him.

8. Jonny Brenns- "Georgia"

This was better than I thought it would be. Having watched the season up to this point, I was somewhat surprised he kept advancing, perhaps because he looks more like a college basketball player from a rich family than a singer but this sounded like a strong performance. He was able to throw some falsetto in as well and it seems like he might fit in with the alt-folk-pop of 2018 or whatever it is that those kids are into these days.

9. Kay Kay- "Love on the Brain"

She has not gotten much screen time thus far in the audition process, but this was an impressive first performance from Kay Kay (just stay away from a third Kay!) She looks like a young R&B diva type and sounded like it too on this Rihanna song. There were lots of vocal tricks in her arsenal and it will be interesting to see what else she can do on different types of songs. It also seems clear that she is not lacking in the self-confidence department and that might rub some people the wrong way.

10. Brandon Diaz- "Hello"

Here is another contestant who had not really been featured since his initial audition. He claimed he was preparing to sing the Lionel Richie version of the song to Lionel Richie, but I wondered it was going to sound more like the (borrowed from YouTube) David Cook version from 10 years ago and enough of his fans were still out there to get really pissed off about that..

Brandon mostly walked a middle line though and it did sound a bit like an updated version of the original Richie take. It seems like it might be a pretty easy song to sing and sound well (as opposed to Adele's "Hello"), but that is what Brandon managed to do.


11. Gabby Barrett- "My Church"

The judges had been trying to talk her out of singing country music, perhaps because she is from Pittsburgh, but that seems to be what she is intent on doing, and for this performance at least, it worked. Maybe it was because the song has some gospel/blues components to it but she made this work. I think she is very likely to make it to the stage when America starts voting and if country music fans accept her as legitimate, she may do very well in the competition.

12. Cade Phoener- "All Along the Watchtower"

I dozed off a bit fast forwarding through the last commercial, but needed to wake up for this final performance. My mother already basically said this was her favorite one of the night, so I will have to see what I think.

Cade was the only one to play an instrument tonight. From the looks of it, he can really play the guitar well, although that very large rabbits foot could be distracting. The singing was really good too, as he took on Hendrix, but this performance still felt more about the guitar. Clearly, Idol has pegged him as a front-runner, with him being the person to get this first pimp spot. We will have to see just how versatile he is and if he can basically "front" the band, as a solo act. Needless to say, he will have won a lot of people over though.

Vocal rankings, from worst to best:

12. Dominique
11. Michael J. Woodard
10. Layla Spring
9.  Michelle Sussett
8.  Catie Turner
7.  Dennis Lorenzo
6.  Jonny Brenns
5.  Gabby Bennett
4.  Kay Kay
3.  Brandon Diaz
2.  Cade Phoener
1.  Trevor McBane

I feel like the typical Idol fan in gravitating towards the white guys in this first part of the competition. Let's see if the duets shake things up. I am not really too excited about any of the "big names" on Monday's lineup, so the performances may be lacking as well.

All in all, it is good to have American Idol back.


Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 U.S. House Special Elections

Before our typical look at the midterms, starting this summer, there is the matter of the special elections for current U.S. House vacancies which will occur before then. Tomorrow night, there will be much attention placed on a district in Western Pennsylvania. I will predict that race here, as well as getting the other two out of the way. Major props to former Rep. Tiberi for being the one Republican out of these three to not have to resign due to a sex scandal.

Pennsylvania 18

vacant upon the resignation of Tim Murphy (R)
won by Trump with 58% of the vote

Tossup (D)
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Arizona 8

vacant upon the resignation of Trent Franks (R)
won by Trump with 57% of the vote

Likely R

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Ohio 12

vacant upon the resignation of Pat Tiberi (R)
won by Trump with 52% of the vote

Leans R

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Super Bowl LII Result

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New England Patriots (15-3) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) W 1

Patriots finish 15-4

Eagles win the Super Bowl and finish 16-3

Congrats to Philly! It was an exciting game, although not much defense was played. I can certainly understand how Eagles fans have long waited for this day to come.

The quick turnaround for the Eagles with a new offensive minded coach and a highly drafted QB should give hope to the Chicago Bears in the next few years (although it was backup Nick Foles who had to take the reins at QB and won Super Bowl MVP in what was certainly an interesting story)

Super Bowl Result: 1-0 (100%)
Overall non-prediction results: 121-146 (45%)

Now, it is on to Baseball season!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Super Bowl LII

Overall Results: 120-146 (not predictions) (45%)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New England Patriots (15-3) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (15-3)

Thirteen years ago, I was rooting for the Patriots to beat the Eagles, but I cannot do that again. Despite the fact that Philly sports fans may be the worst in all of sports, life will just be slightly more satisfying if the Patriots lose in this Donald Trump vs. Bill Cosby fan show-down.

I'd root for any NFL team against the Patriots.. except the Packers. Then I would root for the Patriots.

I am just not at all excited about this matchup, but oh well, I will not be "boycotting" and in spite of  my hope for a New England loss, they will probably of course win.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NFL Conference Final Results


AFC Championship

Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6) at New England Patriots (14-3) L 1

NFC Championship

Minnesota Vikings (14-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) L 2

Championship Results: 0-2 (0%)
Overall Results: 120-146 (not predictions) (45%)


Jaguars finish 12-7
Vikings finish 14-4

Friday, January 19, 2018

NFL Conference Finals

Overall Results: 120-144 (45%)- Not Predictions


AFC Championship

Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6) at New England Patriots (14-3)

I expect New England to win though, setting themselves up for the villain role in yet another Super Bowl appearance.

NFC Championship

Minnesota Vikings (14-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)

Can a Bears fan root for the NFC North Vikings? Why not. I don't want to root for Philadelphia, but I will if they play the Patriots. Seeing the Vikings basically "host" a Super Bowl would be unprecedented and interesting. I think Minnesota probably wins on Sunday.


Monday, January 15, 2018

NFL Conference Semifinal Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Falcons (11-6) at Eagles (13-3) L 1
2. Titans (10-7) at Patriots (13-3) L 2
3. Jaguars (11-6) at Steelers (13-3) W 1
4. Saints (12-5) at Vikings (13-3) L 3

Conference Semifinal Results: 1-3 (25%)
Overall Results: 120-144 (45%)

Titans finish 10-8
Falcons finish 11-7
Saints finish 12-6
Steelers finish 13-4

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA W 1

Grambling State Tigers vs. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Aggies

2. New Orleans Bowl L 1
New Orleans, LA

Troy Trojans vs. North Texas Mean Green

3. Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Georgia State Panthers L 2

4. Las Vegas Bowl W 2
Whitney, NV

# 25 Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon Ducks

5. New Mexico Bowl L 3
Albuquerque, NM

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Colorado State Rams

6.  Camellia Bowl W 3
Montgomery, AL

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves


7.  Boca Raton Bowl W 4
Boca Raton, FL

Akron Zips vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

8. Frisco Bowl L 4
Frisco, TX

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs

9. Gasparilla Bowl L 5
St. Petersburg, FL

Temple Owls vs. Florida International Panthers

10. Bahamas Bowl L 6
Nassau, Bahamas

Alabama at Birmingham Blazers vs. Ohio Bobcats

11. Potato Bowl W 5
Boise, ID

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Wyoming Cowboys

12. Birmingham Bowl L 7
Birmingham, AL

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. # 23 South Florida Bulls

13. Armed Forces Bowl W 6
Fort Worth, TX

San Diego State Aztecs vs. United States Military Academy at West Point Black Knights

14. Dollar General Bowl L 8
Mobile, AL

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

15. Hawai'i Bowl L 9
Halawa, HI

California State, Fresno Bulldogs vs. Houston Cougars

16. Heart of Dallas Bowl W 7
Dallas, TX

Utah Utes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

17. Quick Lane Bowl L 10
Detroit, MI

Duke Blue Devils vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

18. Cactus Bowl W 8
Phoenix AZ

Kansas State Wildcats vs. California, Los Angeles Bruins

19. Independence Bowl L 11
Shreveport, LA

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles

20. Pinstripe Bowl W 9
Bronx, NY

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Boston College Eagles

21. Foster Farms Bowl W 10
Santa Clara, CA

Arizona Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers

22. Texas Bowl W 11
Houston, TX

Texas at Austin Longhorns vs. Missouri Tigers

23. Military Bowl W 12
Annapolis, MD

Virginia Cavaliers vs. United States Naval Academy Midshipmen

24. Camping World Bowl L 12
Orlando, FL

# 22 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Hokies vs. # 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys

25. Alamo Bowl W 13
San Antonio, TX

# 15 Leland Stanford Junior Cardinal vs. # 13 Texas Christian Horned Frogs

26. Holiday Bowl W 14
San Diego, CA

# 21 Washington State Cougars vs. # 18 Michigan State Spartans

27. Belk Bowl L 13
Charlotte, NC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Texas A&M Aggies

28. Sun Bowl L 14
El Paso, TX

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

29. Music City Bowl W 15
Nashville, TN

Kentucky Wildcats vs. # 20 Northwestern Wildcats

30. Arizona Bowl L 15
Tucson, AZ

Utah State Aggies vs. New Mexico State Aggies

31. Cotton Bowl W 16
Arlington, TX

# 8 Southern California Trojans vs. # 5 Ohio State Buckeyes

32. TaxSlayer Bowl W 17
Jacksonville, FL

Louisville Cardinals vs. # 24 Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science Bulldogs

33. Liberty Bowl W 18
Memphis, TN

Iowa State University of Science and Technology Cyclones vs. # 19 Memphis Tigers

34. Fiesta Bowl W 19
Glendale, AZ

# 12 Washington Huskies vs. # 9 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions

35. Orange Bowl L 16
Miami Gardens, FL

# 11 Miami Hurricanes vs. # 6 Wisconsin-Madison Badgers

36. Outback Bowl L 17
Tampa, FL

Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

37. Peach Bowl L 18
Atlanta, GA

# 10 Central Florida Knights vs.  # 7 Auburn Tigers

38. Citrus Bowl W 20
Orlando, FL

# 14 Notre Dame du Lac Fighting Irish vs. # 16 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Tigers

39. Rose Bowl L 19
Pasadena, CA

# 3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. # 2 Oklahoma Sooners

40. Sugar Bowl L 20
New Orleans, LA

# 4 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. # 1 Clemson Tigers

41. National Championship Game L 21
Atlanta, GA

# 3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. # 4 Alabama Crimson Tide



Results: 20-21 (49%)

Friday, January 12, 2018

NFL Conference Semifinals

NOT PREDICTIONS- I just am going to be rooting for the underdogs (or road teams) in these games.

Overall Results: 119-141 (46%)

I hope everybody in all four stadiums stands for the Star Spangled Banner, in appreciation of what America is and what it has represented for so many around for the world throughout our history, and that the flag that we salute goes far beyond and will eternally outlast the current moral depravity that occupies our highest office.

1. Falcons (11-6) at Eagles (13-3)
2. Titans (10-7) at Patriots (13-3)
3. Jaguars (11-6) at Steelers (13-3)
4. Saints (12-5) at Vikings (13-3)

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

NFL Wildcard Weekend Results

NOT PREDICTIONS-(I thought Chiefs and Jaguars would win)

1. Titans (9-7) at Chiefs (10-6) L 1
2. Falcons (10-6) at Rams (11-5) W 1
3. Bills (9-7) at Jaguars (10-6) L 2
4. Panthers (11-5) at Saints (11-5) W 2

Wildcard Weekend Results: 2-2 (50%)
Overall Results: 119-141 (46%)

Bills finish 9-8
Chiefs finish 10-7
Rams finish 11-6
Panthers finish 11-6

Friday, January 05, 2018

NFL Wildcard Weekend

NOT PREDICTIONS- though I predict I will get 3 out of 4

Final Regular Season Results: 117-139 (46%)

1. Titans (9-7) at Chiefs (10-6)
2. Falcons (10-6) at Rams (11-5)
3. Bills (9-7) at Jaguars (10-6)
4. Panthers (11-5) at Saints (11-5)

Monday, January 01, 2018

NFL Week 17 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Redskins (7-8) at Giants (2-13) L 1
2. Jets (5-10) at Patriots (12-3) L 2
3. Bears (5-10) at Vikings (12-3) L 3
4. Packers (7-8) at Lions (8-7) W 1
5. Texans (4-11) at Colts (3-12) L 4
6. Browns (0-15) at Steelers (12-3) W 2
7. Cowboys (8-7) at Eagles (13-2) W 3
8. 49ers (5-10) at Rams (11-4) L 5
9. Raiders (6-9) at Chargers (8-7) W 4
10. Chiefs (9-6) at Broncos (5-10) W 5
11. Jaguars (10-5) at Titans (8-7) W 6
12. Saints (11-4) at Buccaneers (4-11) L 6
13. Bills (8-7) at Dolphins (6-9) W 7
14. Cardinals (7-8) at Seahawks (9-6) W 8
15. Panthers (11-4) at Falcons (9-6) L 7
16. Bengals (6-9) at Ravens (9-6) W 9

Week 17 Results: 9-7 (56%)
Final Regular Season Results: 117-139 (46%)
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Browns finish 0-16
Giants finish 3-13
Texans finish 4-12
Colts finish 4-12
Bears finish 5-11- two more wins than last season!
Buccaneers finish 5-11
Jets finish 5-11
Broncos finish 5-11
49ers finish 6-10
Dolphins finish 6-10
Raiders finish 6-10
Redskins finish 7-9
Packers finish 7-9
Bengals finish 7-9
Cardinals finish 8-8
Cowboys finish 9-7
Seahawks finish 9-7
Chargers finish 9-7
Ravens finish 9-7
Lions finish 9-7

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NFL Week 17

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 108-132 (45%)

1. Redskins (7-8) at Giants (2-13)
2. Jets (5-10) at Patriots (12-3)
3. Bears (5-10) at Vikings (12-3)
4. Packers (7-8) at Lions (8-7)
5. Texans (4-11) at Colts (3-12)
6. Browns (0-15) at Steelers (12-3)
7. Cowboys (8-7) at Eagles (13-2)
8. 49ers (5-10) at Rams (11-4)
9. Raiders (6-9) at Chargers (8-7)
10. Chiefs (9-6) at Broncos (5-10)
11. Jaguars (10-5) at Titans (8-7)
12. Saints (11-4) at Buccaneers (4-11)
13. Bills (8-7) at Dolphins (6-9)
14. Cardinals (7-8) at Seahawks (9-6)
15. Panthers (11-4) at Falcons (9-6)
16. Bengals (6-9) at Ravens (9-6)


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NFL Week 16 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Colts (3-11) at Ravens (8-6) L 1
2. Vikings (11-3) at Packers (7-7) W 1
3. Lions (8-6) at Bengals (5-9) W 2
4. Dolphins (6-8) at Chiefs (8-6) W 3
5. Bills (8-6) at Patriots (11-3) L 2
6. Browns (0-14) at Bears (4-10) W 4
7. Buccaneers (4-10) at Panthers (10-4) W 5
8. Falcons (9-5) at Saints (10-4) W 6
9. Broncos (5-9) at Redskins (6-8) L 3
10. Rams (10-4) at Titans (8-6) L 4
11. Chargers (7-7) at Jets (5-9) W 7
12. Jaguars (10-4) at 49ers (4-10) L 5
13. Seahawks (8-6) at Cowboys (8-6) W 8
14. Giants (2-12) at Cardinals (6-8) W 9
15. Steelers (11-3) at Texans (4-10) L 6
16. Raiders (6-8) at Eagles (12-2) L 7

Week 16 Results: 9-7 (56%)
Overall Results: 108-132 (45%)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election Result

Happy Holidays!

This post is primary a perfunctory one as I always take responsibility for an incorrect electoral prediction. On the eve before the special Senate election in Alabama, I classified the race as Tossup but with a slight edge to the Republican, with it being Alabama and all. I was wrong though and Democrat Doug Jones won by about a point and a half, and with a plurality just slightly under 50 percent. Clearly, write-in votes cast by Republicans might have made the difference. Of course, a lot of Republicans just stayed home rather than pick between a liberal Democrat and the toxic Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee.

As for me, I was extremely glad to have a somewhat rare incorrect call on a race, but for the first time ever, I was glad to see a Democrat win. It was quite an interesting and different experience on Election Night, actively rooting for a Democrat, with no guilt (whereas I found myself last year reduced to hoping Clinton found a way to beat Trump on Election Night, but with a lot of guilt involved.) Moore lead for most of the night, and despite some favorable exit polls for the Democrat, it looked like they would fall just short. Alas though, their strongholds (as much as they exist in Alabama) came in late and Jones won. Of course, Moore is refusing to concede, but the race is over.

Many Democrats rejoiced while others felt a bit bad that they would not have Roy Moore around to kick around anymore or link to Republicans. Minnesota Democrat Al Franken better keep his word and resign now too.

So, it was an interesting experience to watch this Election Night unfold on television as an outside. Fox News was the first to call it for Jones, and that must have been an interesting moment inside the White House. Special elections always depend on turnout and can produce unusual results, and Jones winning in Alabama is right up there with past victories such as Scott Brown once winning Ted Kennedy's seat for the Republicans in Massachusetts.

Basically, the GOP threw away a race and will go into 2018 with their majority reduced to 51-49. They may still be favored to keep their majority there, but with less room for error. A wave election or continued unforced errors will put the Senate at risk, as the House currently is, as Democrats appear motivated to vote against anyone belonging to the party of Donald Trump.

The momentum of the race in Alabama tells an interesting story. The Republican was favored of course, although Moore's controversial nature had the race closer than it should be. Then, the child molestation allegations surfaced, and the polls looked like he was a sure loser. Then, as that story started to fade, a conservative backlash against a Democrat winning there emerged, and Moore looked like the favorite again. With the White House and Trump going all in for Moore though, a blacklash against the backlash might have possibly taken root in the final hours, as African-American voters in Alabama turned out in heavy numbers (with lots of Republicans staying home) and that delivered the victory to Jones. While not every future GOP nominee will be an accused child predator, all of this should be a warning sign for Republicans entering the midterms. Trump of course would insist afterwards that he never thought Moore could win anyway and that he played no part in the loss.

Time will tell if Republicans from the White House to the run of the mill primary voter will now side with the Mitch McConnell "establishment" wing of the party in picking potential candidates and issues or with the Steve Bannon/Breitbart insurgents who felt that nominating and supporting a  sick joke like Roy Moore was a good idea. Clearly, the divisions in the GOP remain and a lot of in the line in next year's primaries from coast to coast.

For now, Mitch McConnell and most of his Senate colleagues have breathed a sigh of relief about this outcome, even if it reduced their majority to dangerous political levels.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NFL Week 16

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 99-125 (44%)

1. Colts (3-11) at Ravens (8-6)
2. Vikings (11-3) at Packers (7-7)
3. Lions (8-6) at Bengals (5-9)
4. Dolphins (6-8) at Chiefs (8-6)
5. Bills (8-6) at Patriots (11-3)
6. Browns (0-14) at Bears (4-10)
7. Buccaneers (4-10) at Panthers (10-4)
8. Falcons (9-5) at Saints (10-4)
9. Broncos (5-9) at Redskins (6-8)
10. Rams (10-4) at Titans (8-6)
11. Chargers (7-7) at Jets (5-9)
12. Jaguars (10-4) at 49ers (4-10)
13. Seahawks (8-6) at Cowboys (8-6)
14. Giants (2-12) at Cardinals (6-8)
15. Steelers (11-3) at Texans (4-10)
16. Raiders (6-8) at Eagles (12-2)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NFL Week 15 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Broncos (4-9) at Colts (3-10) W 1
2. Bears (4-9) at Lions (7-6) L 1
3. Chargers (7-6) at Chiefs (7-6) W 2
4. Texans (4-9) at Jaguars (9-4) L 2
5. Ravens (7-6) at Browns (0-13) L 3
6. Packers (7-6) at Panthers (9-4) W 3
7. Dolphins (6-7) at Bills (7-6) W 4
8. Bengals (5-8) at Vikings (10-3) L 4
9. Cardinals (6-7) at Redskins (5-8) L 5
10. Eagles (11-2) at Giants (2-11) L 6
11. Jets (5-8) at Saints (9-4) W 5
12. Rams (9-4) at Seahawks (8-5) L 7
13. Titans (8-5) at 49ers (3-10) L 8
14. Patriots (10-3) at Steelers (11-2) L 9
15. Cowboys (7-6) at Raiders (6-7) W 6
16. Falcons (8-5) at Buccaneers (4-9) W 7

Week 15 Results: 7-9 (44%)
Overall Results: 99-125 (44%)

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games

That time of year is upon us again. Tomorrow morning, will see the first set of Bowl games. Here is a list of all the games in the order they are said to occur. The teams highlighted in bold are not necessarily predictions, but who I will root for to win. Even with those distinctions, I just hope the games are entertaining (especially if I am able to watch them). I do not have strong rooting interest in most of the games, but at least, my alma mater is back in the picture after a year off. They will be spending their Xmas in The Motor City. As always, the rankings will not be that of the College Football Playoff Committee but of the Associated Press.

1. Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA

Grambling State Tigers vs. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Aggies

2. New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA

Troy Trojans vs. North Texas Mean Green

3. Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Georgia State Panthers

4. Las Vegas Bowl
Whitney, NV

# 25 Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon Ducks

5. New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Colorado State Rams

6.  Camellia Bowl
Montgomery, AL

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves


7.  Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Raton, FL

Akron Zips vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

8. Frisco Bowl
Frisco, TX

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs

9. Gasparilla Bowl
St. Petersburg, FL

Temple Owls vs. Florida International Panthers

10. Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, Bahamas

Alabama at Birmingham Blazers vs. Ohio Bobcats

11. Potato Bowl
Boise, ID

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Wyoming Cowboys

12. Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham, AL

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. # 23 South Florida Bulls

13. Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX

San Diego State Aztecs vs. United States Military Academy at West Point Black Knights

14. Dollar General Bowl
Mobile, AL

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

15. Hawai'i Bowl
Halawa, HI

California State, Fresno Bulldogs vs. Houston Cougars

16. Heart of Dallas Bowl
Dallas, TX

Utah Utes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

17. Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI

Duke Blue Devils vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

18. Cactus Bowl
Phoenix AZ

Kansas State Wildcats vs. California, Los Angeles Bruins

19. Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles

20. Pinstripe Bowl
Bronx, NY

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Boston College Eagles

21. Foster Farms Bowl
Santa Clara, CA

Arizona Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers

22. Texas Bowl
Houston, TX

Texas at Austin Longhorns vs. Missouri Tigers

23. Military Bowl
Annapolis, MD

Virginia Cavaliers vs. United States Naval Academy Midshipmen

24. Camping World Bowl
Orlando, FL

# 22 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Hokies vs. # 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys

25. Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX

# 15 Leland Stanford Junior Cardinal vs. # 13 Texas Christian Horned Frogs

26. Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA

# 21 Washington State Cougars vs. # 18 Michigan State Spartans

27. Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Texas A&M Aggies

28. Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

29. Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN

Kentucky Wildcats vs. # 20 Northwestern Wildcats

30. Arizona Bowl
Tucson, AZ

Utah State Aggies vs. New Mexico State Aggies

31. Cotton Bowl
Arlington, TX

# 8 Southern California Trojans vs. # 5 Ohio State Buckeyes

32. TaxSlayer Bowl
Jacksonville, FL

Louisville Cardinals vs. # 24 Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science Bulldogs

33. Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN

Iowa State University of Science and Technology Cyclones vs. # 19 Memphis Tigers

34. Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, AZ

# 12 Washington Huskies vs. # 9 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions

35. Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL

# 11 Miami Hurricanes vs. # 6 Wisconsin-Madison Badgers

36. Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL

Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

37. Peach Bowl
Atlanta, GA

# 10 Central Florida Knights vs.  # 7 Auburn Tigers

38. Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL

# 14 Notre Dame du Lac Fighting Irish vs. # 16 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Tigers

39. Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA

# 3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. # 2 Oklahoma Sooners

40. Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA

# 4 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. # 1 Clemson Tigers

41. National Championship Game
Atlanta, GA

Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner

Georgia over Alabama
Oklahoma over Alabama
Clemson over Georgia
Clemson over Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NFL Week 15

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 92-116 (44%)

1. Broncos (4-9) at Colts (3-10)
2. Bears (4-9) at Lions (7-6)
3. Chargers (7-6) at Chiefs (7-6)
4. Texans (4-9) at Jaguars (9-4)
5. Ravens (7-6) at Browns (0-13)
6. Packers (7-6) at Panthers (9-4)
7. Dolphins (6-7) at Bills (7-6)
8. Bengals (5-8) at Vikings (10-3)
9. Cardinals (6-7) at Redskins (5-8)
10. Eagles (11-2) at Giants (2-11)
11. Jets (5-8) at Saints (9-4)
12. Rams (9-4) at Seahawks (8-5)
13. Titans (8-5) at 49ers (3-10)
14. Patriots (10-3) at Steelers (11-2)
15. Cowboys (7-6) at Raiders (6-7)
16. Falcons (8-5) at Buccaneers (4-9)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NFL Week 14 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS


1. Saints (9-3) at Falcons (7-5) L 1
2. Colts (3-9) at Bills (6-6) W 1
3. Lions (6-6) at Buccaneers (4-8) L 2
4. Raiders (6-6) at Chiefs (6-6) W 2
5. 49ers (2-10) at Texans (4-8) L 3
6. Packers (6-6) at Browns (0-12) L 4
7. Bears (3-9) at Bengals (5-7) W 3
8. Vikings (10-2) at Panthers (8-4) W 4
9.  Cowboys (6-6) at Giants (2-10) L 5
10 Redskins (5-7) at Chargers (6-6) W 5
11. Jets (5-7) at Broncos (3-9) W 6
12. Titans (8-4) at Cardinals (5-7) L 6
13. Eagles (10-2) at Rams (9-3) L 7
14. Seahawks (8-4) at Jaguars (8-4) W 7
15. Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2) W 8
16. Patriots (10-2) at Dolphins (5-7)W 9

Week 14 Results: 9-7 (56%)
Overall Results: 92-116 (44%)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election

Status: Republican Open
2016 Presidential Result: Red State (South)

Outlook: Tossup (R)

There is quite a tawdry political soap opera playing down in Dixie. Those who follow politics and current events anywhere else in the U.S. or throughout the world for that matter have not been immune to this story. Tomorrow, the voters will have their say on a race that has tremendous amounts of background information from several facets, but that may not be the end of the story.

To me, discussion of this race, has to begin over 25 years ago. That year, when current GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore was leaving his ancestral party of the Democrats to become a Republican, Bill Clinton, a Southern Democrat in his own right was elected President, despite numerous questions about his honesty and character, especially as they related to his relationships with women other than his wife. As a young teenage Republican, I was backing the incumbent President and the theme of the party that "character matters." However, in times of economic uncertainty, enough voters decided that a politician's private life or past life was largely irrelevant as long as they liked where he stood on the issue. Alas, Clinton was elected, and for most of the eight years of his Presidency, the economy seemed to be improving, and thus his defenders stood by him, even as even more serious allegations involving rape and sexual assault emerged. It was easy for Clinton fans to dismiss the women as opportunistic liars who had no right to get in the way of a politician who was just doing his job. Clinton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit but only after his testimony in that matter brought about an impeachment from Congress related to a consensual Oval Office affair he had with a very young White House intern. Sure, Clinton was the subject of numerous jokes but was looked upon by many as a harmless charmer with a libido problem. His character was secondary to how the economy performed as he was President, while people like me shook their heads and wondered how he could get away with it.

Last year, the tables turned, as Bill Clinton's wife, who was perceived as being involved as his chief enabler in the "bimbo eruption" matters was narrowly defeated in her bid for the Presidency by Donald Trump, a man (formerly friends with the Clintons) with his very own checkered past, including allegations made against him by women of sexual assault. Towards the latter part of the campaign, the infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced, and many thought that was the end of Trump. However, he managed to dismiss it as "locker room talk" with a rare semi-apology and pivoted to the matter of Bill Clinton, by bringing the former President's most serious accusers to be his guests at the debate. For decades, Clinton supporters and media figures, who discounted or dismissed the allegations of Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick, suddenly found themselves in an awkward position. One also has to wonder why those women, assuming they had really been through what they claimed, would be willing to be used politically by a person like Trump, who incidentally had been among the voices attacking them as acccusers during the Clinton years.

Alas, Trump won the Presidency as enough voters in conservative leaning areas looked at matters of economic anxiety and others issues and decided that the policies of "Make America Great Again" that his campaign was pushing mattered more than questions about his past or about what kind of person many of them realized he continued to be. Once again, character did not matter, and as an older, now disillusioned Republican, I was once again shaking my head.

Quickly, Trump named his first Senate endorser, the very conservative Jeff Sessions of Alabama, to be U.S. Attorney General, necessitating a need for a special election, that was likely to occur during the 2018 midterms. Sessions has certainly had his own issues with Trump since becoming Attorney General related to his appropriate self-recusal in the Russian investigation. At times, it looked like Trump was prepared to fire Sessions, but the AG has stuck around, although he might at times wished he never left the Senate seat he was first elected to in 1996.

Numerous ambitious Republicans were considered to fill the temporary Senate vacancy, and the decision was left to GOP Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama. A once popular figure, (who happened to refuse to support Donald Trump in 2016, in spite of the Republican nominee solidly winning the state) Bentley was engaged in his own extra-marital scandal and subsequent abuse of office allegations that would eventually have him pleading guilty in a criminal proceeding and resigning office in front of an inevitable Republican led impeachment in Montgomery.

Before leaving office though, Bentley selected Attorney General Luther Strange as Alabama's next Senator. Strange, who was considered a top contender for the Governorship in 2018, just so happened to be the person who had recommended the Republican legislature slow-walking impeachment proceedings against Bentley. Many denounced this appointment as a quid pro quo, but Strange was off to Washington, where he would be the tallest ever U.S. Senator.

Once Bentley resigned the Governorship though, the office fell to Republican Kay Ivey, a somewhat grandmotherly like figure in the Republican Party (though she never married or had children). She then moved up the date of the special election to 2017, perhaps wanting the voters to not feel like they had no voice in the controversial decision made by Bentley in appointing Strange and perhaps because of pressure exerted by her own backers or by various other Republican politicians regarding the desire to separate that Republican primary process from that of the Gubernatorial cycle in 2018. Whatever the reason was, Republicans in Alabama and elsewhere would regret this decision and sure wish that the Senate matter was next year. There were calls made recently to Ivey and election officials in this GOP dominated state to cancel or postpone the special election to next year, and while they might have been able to get away with it, it would have been seen as very dirty politics.

With Strange running as the incumbent now for the 2017 nomination, his chief Republican opponent was expected to be Tea Party aligned Congressman Mo Brooks. However, the race was shaken up by the surprise entrance of Roy Moore, a longtime controversial figure in the state and party. Moore had twice been removed as Alabama's statewide elected Supreme Court Chief Justice after disobeying court orders related to a very large Ten Commandments monument he had in his courtroom. That made him a hero of many social conservatives and Moore certainly took some steps to run for President in the past as both a Republican and and as a conservative Independent.  He had significantly under performed GOP strength though against a no-name Democrat in his last statewide race and many Republicans wondered if he was the only potential person in the party who might actually put the Senate seat at risk, especially with some of his very right-wing pronouncements on gays and lesbians, Sharia law, and weird positions that seemed to be not exactly be consistent with the U.S. constitution.

As things developed, Strange found himself under fire from all angles, and the distaste over his appointment by Bentley did not die down. This was in spite of the fact that the Republican establishment was completely behind Strange and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spent a lot of money running ads trying to discredit Mo Brooks. President Trump himself weighed in with an endorsement of Strange, that divided many of his staunchest supporters, with the thought that he did not really mean it and that McConnell conned him into doing so. Polls showed that Strange was in real danger of not even making the run-off there, but that even if he did, would have a tough time against Moore, who was showing surprising strength.

The support of Trump and fear of Moore winning did help Strange a bit and certainly hurt Brooks the most.in a crowded field with various other candidates also running. Brooks was attacked by establishment Republican types as having been opposed to Trump during the primaries, when he had backed Ted Cruz for the nomination. Brooks tried to play up his pro-Trump bona fides and Strange went even further in professing his love for the President. It was at this point, where I, although I am certainly not an Alabama voter, decided that I could not bring myself to root for any of the three main contenders there on the Republican side.

The August primary results did produce, as expected, a first place finish for Moore, but the incumbent Strange easily managed to take the second spot and advance into a runoff. One would think though that the Brooks vote was still angry at Strange and the Congressman refused to endorse either opponent who had defeated him but saved his harshest words for Strange. Despite the continued Trump endorsement, Moore won the September runoff by nearly 10 points. Trump took to Twitter to throw Strange under the bus and say the race would not have been as close if not for him. He offered a virtual endorsement of Moore at that time.  Republicans across the country felt some tinges of panic but ultimately concluded that Alabama was such a Republican state that even Moore was likely to win. What he would do in the Senate to embarrass the party was another matter though. I still think that in despite of Moore's solid right-wing base, the questions about Bentley's appointment of Strange were enough to cost him the nomination for a full-term.

As for the Democrats, a party that had been rendered to the back-benches in Alabama politics, they nominated Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney who had received great plaudits for having prosecuted (decades later) the Klansmen who took part in the horrific 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black little girls and injured many others.While Jones would easily win the primary, there was some concern in the party that lack of interest in the race and his under the radar campaign could produce a victory for an even more invisible candidate, an African-American who happened to have the name of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

With the Jones vs. Moore matchup set, I decided, as someone who has never voted for a Democrat in a partisan race in my life (but did refuse to vote for Trump), that if I lived in Alabama I actually would cast a ballot for the Democrat Jones, solely as a protest against Moore (and Trump.) I figured though that even with all of the controversy surrounding Moore, it really would not matter, as he was the solid favorite.

In discussing this race, it is worth nothing that Jones is pretty darn liberal. From issues like abortin down the line, Jones is very much aligned with the national party and that makes it impossible for so many voters to support him. With all that would eventually transpire, I think there is little doubt that Alabama Democrats picked someone who is not their strongest potential candidate and that any sort of vintage Blue Dog, who tried to at least appear to be socially moderate would be a solid favorite right now. Jones, while coming across a a nice guy, is perhaps too nice in this race to deal with someone like Moore, and he seems to be lacking in the charisma department. Could a forceful African-American minister be doing better? Democrats certainly need to gin up as many black votes as possible in this race.

With his status as the favorite, Moore had steadfastly refused to debate Jones or appear before anything other than very friendly crowds. The race took on a major twist last month, (right after the Democrats' big win in the Virginia Governor race) when the Washington Post reported that four women were accusing Moore of sexual misconduct against them, decades ago, when he was an unmarried assistant district attorney in his thirties and they were teenagers.

The allegations were horrific, as the youngest accuser was but 14 at the time, although many Moore supporters were quick to dismiss them as "lies from the liberal media." Moore denied any misconduct but seemed to struggle in putting the story away in regards to whether he had ever dated teenage girls at that time. Many believed the allegations were credible and that Moore's denials were not. Apparently, this sort of behavior from Moore's past had been whispered in Alabama circles for many years and there were stories of him having been banned from the mall at the time for creeping on teenage girls.

One could write an entire book or Dateline NBC special about about all of these allegations and how people tried to defend Moore, but this greatly hurt his campaign, as all sorts of Congressional Republicans called on him to drop out of the race. Talk of write in campaigns intensified (although a formal one by a major name never really got off the ground) as well as various things that could be done to cancel or postpone the special election until 2018. Could Strange resign early causing a new special election? Things of that nature. Moore's supporters in the state seemed to rally around him though and with it clear he would never depart the race, that sort of thing died down. Governor Ivey said that she tended to believe his accusers but that Moore's vote in the Senate in regards to judges and whatnot was too important. Again, the theme of character being secondary to issues is at the forefront. For his part, Alabama's senior Senator Richard Shelby is being very vocal in saying that Moore is unfit for the Senate and that he wrote in a Republican candidate.

Truth be told, while write-in efforts, including those on behalf of retired military officer Lee Busby may hurt Moore and help Jones in effect, the most logical thing for Alabamians to do is to hold their nose and vote for Jones because Moore is so horrible. That is what I hope happens. However, my sense is that many Democrats want Moore to win, just because they want to hang him as an albatross around the necks of Republicans around the country. Let there be no doubt though that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many of his fellow Republicans do want the Democrat to win and beat Moore, even as it may affect the balance of power race in 2018. They feel this Alabama seat can be won back easily in 2020 by someone else.

While the NRSC pulled out of a deal to support Moore, the actions of Trump and the RNC he controls have been different. After first looking like he wanted Moore out, Trump has now gone all in on supporting Moore and the RNC has rejoined the field battle in Alabama. Of course, this has caused all sorts of controversy as well with some Republicans completely dismayed by this action. Trump of course has his own accusers of sexual misconduct.

For a while, it looked like this story could cost Moore the election as polls showed a sharp shift to Jones. Perhaps though, the story came out too early as most polls show a shift back to Moore as Republican voters are saying they tend to not believe the charges or are willing to discount them because they are from decades ago, or just because nothing is worth the cost of putting a liberal Democrat in office. A side note is that in this season of the "Me Too" movement, Democrats lost a lot of credibility by refusing to quickly call for the resignation of Senator Al Franken in Minnesota or Congressman John Conyers in Michigan after they faced credible accusers. Due to backlash, Democrats eventually turned on both politicians. Conyers has resigned and Franken last week, to great fanfare, said he would resign in the "coming weeks" while making note of the allegations against Moore and Trump in his Senate floor announcement, where he basically said his female accusers were liars. Fair politics or not, Democrats missed a golden opportunity on all this as it relates to Alabama, as their tribalism has only emboldened the apologists for Moore and Trump.

With the election tomorrow, polls show anything from a nine point Moore lead to a 10 point Jones lead. Partisans on both sides say that polls could be fake and be used simply to try to hurt the other candidates chances. I believe that a development last Friday might really hurt the Democrats as one of the accusers, who said that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16, and who was aligned with liberal celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, admitting that she added some writing to the yearbook she said Moore signed thirty years ago. This makes it that much easier for his defenders to say that it was all a forgery and a smear campaign against him for political purposes.

Turnout in special elections is always hard to gauge and will of course play a big part in the result tomorrow. Three weeks ago, I would have predicted a Jones win, and then momentum shifted back towards Moore's defenders finding a way to excuse voting for him to keep the seat Republican. Earlier today, I was prepared to say that the race was "Leans Republican" but the Fox News poll showing a 10 point Jones lead will lead me to say it is a Tossup.

My hunch is that Moore wins tomorrow, and could perhaps even win solidly. That will make me sad, as someone who has ever actually wanted a Democrat to win an election before. I very much hope Doug Jones wins, just because Roy Moore is so bad, even if none of the claims of him being a pedophile or child predator were accurate or had been made. The Republican Party I was once proud of and wish I could be proud of again should have no place for Moore, especially since so many believed he probably did abuse those young girls. I find all that horrible, but I was unable to abide a candidate who said that he does not have to follow the Constitution or that refusal to stand for the National Anthem (which I find very distasteful) is somehow illegal. I consider myself a staunch conservative, but believe that all of my fellow Americans are entitled to the same Constitutional rights I am, including gays, lesbians, and Muslims. Roy Moore does not share those views, and perhaps worst of all, has said that the U.S. deserved the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.

So, when I watch the results come in tomorrow, I will hope the Democrat wins, and that Republicans are saved from themselves, as should have happened by rejecting Trump. My sense though is that Moore will win and his supporters will be gleeful and partisan Democrat hacks will not exactly be upset either. The tribal game of politics rolls on.

What will happen then? Most agree that Moore will have to get sworn in but Republicans for weeks have said that he should immediately be referred to the Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations of sexual abuse against underage girls and that he might become the first Senator to be expelled from the body since the Civil War. Democrats tend to say they doubt Republicans will follow up with that, but I think it is very much a possibility and I hope they do the right thing. (in spite of the wishes of the voters in an election that should not have even taken place until next year) for the Senate, the Republican Party, and most importantly for the country.

Moving forward, may both parties, and those who cannot identify with either party, understand that issues and positions are important things to consider when voting, but that character  and what kind of person a candidate is should always matter above all else.

Never Moore.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

NFL Week 14

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 83-109 (43%)

1. Saints (9-3) at Falcons (7-5)
2. Colts (3-9) at Bills (6-6)
3. Lions (6-6) at Buccaneers (4-8)
4. Raiders (6-6) at Chiefs (6-6)
5. 49ers (2-10) at Texans (4-8)
6. Packers (6-6) at Browns (0-12)
7. Bears (3-9) at Bengals (5-7)
8. Vikings (10-2) at Panthers (8-4)
9.  Cowboys (6-6) at Giants (2-10)
10 Redskins (5-7) at Chargers (6-6)
11. Jets (5-7) at Broncos (3-9)
12. Titans (8-4) at Cardinals (5-7)
13. Eagles (10-2) at Rams (9-3)
14. Seahawks (8-4) at Jaguars (8-4)
15. Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2)
16. Patriots (10-2) at Dolphins (5-7)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NFL Week 13 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Redskins (5-6) at Cowboys (5-6) L 1
2. Vikings (9-2) at Falcons (7-4) W 1
3. Texans (4-7) at Titans (7-4) W 2
4. Chiefs (6-5) at Jets (4-7) L 2
5. Broncos (3-8) at Dolphins (4-7) W 3
6. Colts (3-8) at Jaguars (7-4) W 4
7. Buccaneers (4-7) at Packers (5-6) L 3
8. Lions (6-5) at Ravens (6-5) W 5
9. Patriots (9-2) at Bills (6-5) L 4
10. 49ers (1-10) at Bears (3-8) L 5
11. Browns (0-11) at Chargers (5-6) W 6
12. Giants (2-9) at Raiders (5-6) W 7
13. Panthers (8-3) at Saints (8-3) W 8
14. Rams (8-3) at Cardinals (5-6) L 6
15. Eagles (10-1) at Seahawks (7-4) L 7
16. Steelers (9-2) at Bengals (5-6) L 8

Week 16 Results: 8-8 (50%)
Overall Results: 83-109 (43%)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NFL Week 13

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 75-101 (43%)

1. Redskins (5-6) at Cowboys (5-6)
2. Vikings (9-2) at Falcons (7-4)
3. Texans (4-7) at Titans (7-4)
4. Chiefs (6-5) at Jets (4-7)
5. Broncos (3-8) at Dolphins (4-7)
6. Colts (3-8) at Jaguars (7-4)
7. Buccaneers (4-7) at Packers (5-6)
8. Lions (6-5) at Ravens (6-5)
9. Patriots (9-2) at Bills (6-5)
10. 49ers (1-10) at Bears (3-8)
11. Browns (0-11) at Chargers (5-6)
12. Giants (2-9) at Raiders (5-6)
13. Panthers (8-3) at Saints (8-3)
14. Rams (8-3) at Cardinals (5-6)
15. Eagles (10-1) at Seahawks (7-4)
16. Steelers (9-2) at Bengals (5-6)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NFL Week 12 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS


1. Vikings (8-2) at Lions (6-4) L 1
2. Chargers (4-6) at Cowboys (5-5) W 1
3. Giants (2-8) at Redskins (4-6) L 2
4. Bills (5-5) at Chiefs (6-4) W 2
5. Titans (6-4) at Colts (3-7) W 3
6. Browns (0-10) at Bengals (4-6) W 4
7. Buccaneers (4-6) at Falcons (6-4) L 3
8. Dolphins (4-6) at Patriots (8-2) L 4
9. Bears (3-7) at Eagles (9-1) L 5
10. Panthers (7-3) at Jets (4-6) L 6
11. Seahawks (6-4) at 49ers (1-9) L 4
12. Saints (8-2) at Rams (7-3) W 5
13. Jaguars (7-3) at Cardinals (4-6) L 8
14. Broncos (3-7) at Raiders (4-6) L 9
15. Packers (5-5) at Steelers (8-2) W 6
16. Texans (4-6) at Ravens (5-5) L 10

Week 12 Results: 6-10 (38%)
Overall Results: 75-101 (43%)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NFL Week 12

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 69-91 (43%)

1. Vikings (8-2) at Lions (6-4)
2. Chargers (4-6) at Cowboys (5-5)
3. Giants (2-8) at Redskins (4-6)
4. Bills (5-5) at Chiefs (6-4)
5. Titans (6-4) at Colts (3-7)
6. Browns (0-10) at Bengals (4-6)
7. Buccaneers (4-6) at Falcons (6-4)
8. Dolphins (4-6) at Patriots (8-2)
9. Bears (3-7) at Eagles (9-1)
10. Panthers (7-3) at Jets (4-6)
11. Seahawks (6-4) at 49ers (1-9)
12. Saints (8-2) at Rams (7-3)
13. Jaguars (7-3) at Cardinals (4-6)
14. Broncos (3-7) at Raiders (4-6)
15. Packers (5-5) at Steelers (8-2)
16. Texans (4-6) at Ravens (5-5)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NFL Week 11 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Titans (6-3) at Steelers (7-2) L 1
2. Lions (5-4) at Bears (3-6) L 2
3. Jaguars (6-3) at Browns (0-9) W 1
4. Ravens (4-5) at Packers (5-4) W 2
5. Cardinals (4-5) at Texans (3-6) W 3
6. Buccaneers (3-6) at Dolphins (4-5) L 3
7. Rams (7-2) at Vikings (7-2) L 4
8. Chiefs (6-3) at Giants (1-8) L 5
9. Redskins (4-5) at Saints (7-2) L 6
10. Bills (5-4) at Chargers (3-6) L 7
11. Bengals (3-6) at Broncos (3-6) W 4
12. Patriots (7-2) vs. Raiders (4-5) in Mexico City L 8
13. Eagles (8-1) at Cowboys (5-4) L 9
14. Falcons (5-4) at Seahawks (6-3) W 5

Week 11 Results 5-9 (36%)
Overall Results: 69-91 (43%)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NFL Week 11

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 64-82 (44%)

1. Titans (6-3) at Steelers (7-2)
2. Lions (5-4) at Bears (3-6)
3. Jaguars (6-3) at Browns (0-9)
4. Ravens (4-5) at Packers (5-4)
5. Cardinals (4-5) at Texans (3-6)
6. Buccaneers (3-6) at Dolphins (4-5)
7. Rams (7-2) at Vikings (7-2)
8. Chiefs (6-3) at Giants (1-8)
9. Redskins (4-5) at Saints (7-2)
10. Bills (5-4) at Chargers (3-6)
11. Bengals (3-6) at Broncos (3-6)
12. Patriots (7-2) vs. Raiders (4-5) in Mexico City
13. Eagles (8-1) at Cowboys (5-4)
14. Falcons (5-4) at Seahawks (6-3)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NFL Week 10 Results

NOT PREDICTIONS

1. Seahawks (5-3) at Cardinals (4-4) L 1
2. Packers (4-4) at Bears (3-5) L 2
3. Browns (0-8) at Lions (4-4) L 3
4. Steelers (6-2) at Colts (3-6) W 1
5. Chargers (3-5) at Jaguars (5-3) W 2
6. Saints (6-2) at Bills (5-3) L 4
7. Jets (4-5) at Buccaneers (2-6) L 5
8. Vikings (6-2) at Redskins (4-4) L 6
9. Bengals (3-5) at Titans (5-3) W 3
10. Texans (3-5) at Rams (6-2) L 7
11. Cowboys (5-3) at Falcons (4-4) W 4
12. Giants (1-7) at 49ers (0-9) W 5
13. Patriots (6-2) at Broncos (3-5) L 8
14. Dolphins (4-4) at Panthers (6-3) L 9

Week 10 Results: 5-9 (36%)
Overall Results: 64-82 (44%)

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

NFL Week 10

NOT PREDICTIONS

Overall Results: 59-73 (45%)

1. Seahawks (5-3) at Cardinals (4-4)
2. Packers (4-4) at Bears (3-5)
3. Browns (0-8) at Lions (4-4)
4. Steelers (6-2) at Colts (3-6)
5. Chargers (3-5) at Jaguars (5-3)
6. Saints (6-2) at Bills (5-3)
7. Jets (4-5) at Buccaneers (2-6)
8. Vikings (6-2) at Redskins (4-4)
9. Bengals (3-5) at Titans (5-3)
10. Texans (3-5) at Rams (6-2)
11. Cowboys (5-3) at Falcons (4-4)
12. Giants (1-7) at 49ers (0-9)
13. Patriots (6-2) at Broncos (3-5)
14. Dolphins (4-4) at Panthers (6-3)